May 28, 2017 Subject:
First of the Copps shows is better than the 2nd night - some good moments throughout, but the Copps shows in my opinion aren't the strongest of the Spring '90 run.
First Set comes alive with a real eyebrow-raising triptych: Loose Lucy (crowd sure loves this one!), Victim, Standing on the Moon. All three really do form a solid foundation to frame the 2nd set...
...which isn't terribly exciting - it's solid, and some fun work on Estimated, Cumberland, et al. Post-Space is routine and efficient.
So, a good show, nothing really the matter with it except it's just not all too memorable. But I'll take the fun, juvenile giddiness of any of Jer's 1990 Loose Lucys; this one is a keeper highlight.
November 19, 2016 Subject:
1st Copps show
6th show of Winter/Spring '90 tour @FirstOntario Centre, and typical of the tour. This is the first of the "Spring 90" tour to actually take place in the Spring. It's as good as the following night, with different highlights, but known for the He's Gone. The band was very smooth and consistent in Winter/Spring '90, with very professional production, few flubs and no disasters. But there were also fewer all-time stellar/ace performances - that's just what the era was like. The first set is under an hour, and if yr starting with the tour and looking for the best, try 3/15, 3/24 and especially 3/29.
First Set. Decent start and a great Minglewood. Not sure what Bobby was trying with "Caynont girls" - maybe a new portmanteau demonym for Canadian-Ontarian (is portmonym a word or can I claim it?). T right here in Hamilton. The rest is average-to-good with the end-solo of Standing on the Moon soaring.
Second Set. Hey Pocky Way is a fine start. At the time, Crazy Fingers usually went into Playing or UJB - though it did go into Cumberland @CalExpo '89. Estimated through Wharf Rat is the peak of the show. The former appears on Weir Here, where Jer's solo is edited @4:15>5:05. Did they think this makes Bob look better somehow? Not sure why they picked this over 3/19 if they wanted an early '90. This was the period where he squeaks and wheezes theatrically, yells instead of sings, and does his own echo effects (to thwart Healy?). But the first Jer solo is up in the heights. The He's Gone has been called-out by other fans of 89/90. Mickey stays out for most of Space. There's a smoking, albeit brief, I Need a Miracle with a nice tranny into a tight Wharf Rat. Jer uses his MIDI for Lovelight and you can't complain about a Knockin' on Heaven's Door that's almost as good as 3/29.
1st Set: C+ 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¼ Stars
He's Gone - has been called one of 90's best
I Need a Miracle - corners secure
SOURCES: The miller.107870 SBD, or the hansokolow MTX for liveliness. Officially on Spring 90 TOO. Half-Step and Victim are on Without a Net. Estimated is on Weir Here - with 50sec of Jer's solo cut.
January 8, 2011 Subject:
My First Show
I had no idea what to expect; From the vast song catalogue (yes, I'm ashamed to admit I was expecting Casey Jones, Truckin' et al)to the parking lot scene (which didn't get overly large at Canadian venues. Whether I knew it or not at the time, it was a the beginning of a life long love affair with the band's music.
So, for the show, well... meh. I happen to like the Dead in '90 but this wasn't one of their best. The Crazy Fingers-> Cumberland Blues looks good on paper but I don't feel it worked too well. Seriously, after year of playing Crazy Fingers, they still had difficulty making the transition from the intro to the first verse. On the flip side, Estimated was pretty solid and I felt the Wharf Rat was excellent.I remember at the time Loose Lucy and He's Gone stood out for me so they have sentimental value. I also happen to be sucker for Hey Pocky Way (this version's pretty good)- a great way to kick off a set.
Another great Charlie Miller soundboard but not much more than a souvenir for me.
November 3, 2010 Subject:
Slow to develop but then....
transforms into a masterpiece
Bob does some fUNNY stuff before end jam.
I LOVE this version
Be patient and let it develop
June 2, 2010 Subject:
Great late-period gem; SBD's always welcome
Great stuff here. Some cool rarities like Crazy Fingers, and even the standard stuff has an exciting electricity, including the Wharf Rat.
Not perfect - some moments of confusion and Jer's and Brent's vocals are not always spot-on, but for the most part a terrific 1990s show.
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